Group sow housing deadline could be pushed back

The National Farm Animal Council has recommended a new 2029 deadline

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Pig producers in Canada may have another nine years to convert their barns to group sow housing. A report from the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) on the codes of practice for raising pigs in Canada has recommended pushing back the deadline from 2024 to 2029. A five-year review of the […] Read more

Farm income is the leading barrier to agriculture technology adoption for farmers, say 53 per cent of Ontario agriculture retailers.

Cost puts brakes on farm technology adoption

Companies that want to sell to farmers have to demonstrate value of technology

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Most farmers in southern Ontario grow soybeans and corn. Meanwhile, the typical farmer in Saskatchewan produces canola, wheat, barley and probably a pulse crop. Yet the two share similar concerns about adopting agriculture technology. Why it matters: Precision tools are becoming increasingly important to efficient, sustainable farming, yet many producers remain concerned […] Read more

McCain Foods hopes to promote alternative potato farming methods such as regenerative agriculture.

McCain builds farms to showcase sustainable practices

The company has committed to reducing the impact of its potato operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier Farmmedia – McCain Foods says it is building the farm of the future. The New Brunswick company announced in mid-July that it wants potato production to be more sustainable. To that end, McCain’s is establishing three Farms of the Future to learn how regenerative agriculture and innovation can work at scale in potato farming. […] Read more

Two and half decades after herbicide-resistant crops came onto the market, scientists have now adopted newer techniques to design crops.

Is the transgenic era over?

New genetic technologies, especially editing, could make genetic modification a rarely used tool

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The era of genetically modified crops may be over. Two and half decades after herbicide-resistant crops came onto the market, scientists have now adopted newer techniques to design crops. That’s because the new technologies are more efficient and partly because the strict regulations on GM crops have become a barrier to innovation. […] Read more

Turkey Farmers of Canada has donated an additional $80,000 to Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada.

Turkey farmer donation helps young people

Kids Help Phone and 4-H Canada will be the beneficiaries

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – COVID-19 has been a weird and stressful time for most Canadians. Social isolation and incessant news about the pandemic can affect people in different ways, particularly kids, who may not have someone to talk to. That’s why Turkey Farmers of Canada has donated an additional $80,000 to Kids Help Phone and 4-H […] Read more

Wheat is one of the crops that could benefit from approval of ACM941.

The long route to biological approval

Promising biological pesticide is 26 years in the development and approval process so far

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Allen Xue is a patient man. About 26 years ago Xue discovered a novel fungus on the lower leaf of a field pea plant, while he was working as a plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Morden, Man. Xue later learned the fungus, a strain of Clonostachys rosea called ACM941, […] Read more

Kristjan Hebert, of Moosomin, Sask., is still refining his idea, but the basic concept is a certification program for people who want to work on farms. Like an electrician or plumber, the worker would take training, become an apprentice on a farm and after enough hours on the job, be certified as a journeyman farmer.

Producer pitches journeyman farmer idea

Could farm workers be certified like electricians or plumbers?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It seems appropriate to have a “light bulb” moment while talking to an electrician. That’s exactly what happened to Kristjan Hebert last summer when a couple of electricians were working at his farm near Moosomin, Sask. Hebert was quizzing the electricians about their profession and what it’s like being a journeyman electrician. […] Read more

European Union access for Canadian red meat remains elusive

EU imports of pork and beef are much higher than Canadian exports to Europew

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canada is on pace to run a $150-million trade deficit in red meat with the European Union in 2019. In the first 10 months of 2019, Canada exported more pork and beef to the EU than in 2018. But the Europeans are also selling more red meat to Canada. Why it matters: […] Read more

Neonicotinoid insecticides are used on tens of millions of acres of cropland in Canada.

Health Canada delays decision on proposed neonic ban

The federal agency is reviewing new evidence compiled by Agriculture Canada and expects an ‘update’ in January

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Health Canada was expected to make its final decision on neonicotinoid pesticides in January, but indications are that it might not happen. Health Canada now said it will provide an “update” on the safety of so-called neonic crop protection products in January. Why it matters: Neonicotinoid pesticides are widely used in corn […] Read more

Agricultural exporters to Europe say the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement has not lived up to its promise, but they hope the technical barriers can be resolved.

CETA trade deal an exercise in frustration for ag exporters

In two years since adoption, Canadian exports to Europe have dropped

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – This summer, French politicians spent many hours defending the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. The French National Assembly ratified the trade deal in late July and politicians, at least those in the governing party, spoke in favour of the deal and the economic value to France. […] Read more